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Political Grammys: Yes We Can Have a Secretary of the Arts!

Last night while I was watching the Grammys, my ears perked up when the president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Neil Portnow began addressing a certain two-time Grammy winner directly — President Barack Obama.

Potnow wasted little time getting to his point: He wants the president to create a new cabinet position, namely secretary of the arts. On stage he persuaded:

And to our new president, we have a request: Our finest national treasure is our culture and the arts. It's also one of our most embraced and economically significant exports all around the world.

So it's time that we acknowledge that fact with the creation of a cabinet position of secretary of the arts to promote and develop this vital contribution to society everywhere.

Recognizing art and artists with a cabinet-level position would surely send a strong signal that America is serious about fostering a meaningful and vibrant culture, just as it's serious about defense or agriculture. Then again, you could argue that the government should only sponsor projects that benefit the public in concrete ways, and that the art business should thrive independently. What do you think?

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clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
Hypnotic, don't get me wrong, I think the arts are SUPER important, in schools. But like someone else says, it doesn't have a place in the government. I fully support the arts. I was a band and drama member all through school, and think they are some of the best things I did during those years. But to create a cabinet for it right NOW? that seems irresponsible to me.
nylorac nylorac 7 years
Why wouldn't we have a Secretary of Arts or Culture? Every other nation in the free world has one.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 7 years
We have a secretary of culture and arts in Austria, it's an important position and I think it's something every nation should consider.
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 7 years
We have a secretary of culture and arts in Austria, it's an important position and I think it's something every nation should consider.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"in light of the current economic situation this country is in, we need to table that discussion for the time being!"I see where you're coming from clarabelle98 but I respectfully disagree. This is where parents are so important. Regardless of whether a school district can afford to sustain an arts program at the moment. It's up to parents to make the conscious decision to forgo the video games and like items to support that end. Once a child is taught the correct fingering and learns how to identify the notes it's simply up to learned discipline and consistent practice. If they're not into music playing then how about some art supplies. Parents need to guide the purpose as well it's not always up to the mercy of a schools budget but just some simple old fashion parenting and focus. When I was growing up my father made me practice one hour every afternoon and this was long before I was in any school band. I’ll admit it I hated it, until, I learned to appreciate and the rest is history. Even if children don’t go on to become musicians or artists their educational experience as data has consistently shown will be so much richer. Now what parent wouldn’t want that for their child.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
"in light of the current economic situation this country is in, we need to table that discussion for the time being!" I see where you're coming from clarabelle98 but I respectfully disagree. This is where parents are so important. Regardless of whether a school district can afford to sustain an arts program at the moment. It's up to parents to make the conscious decision to forgo the video games and like items to support that end. Once a child is taught the correct fingering and learns how to identify the notes it's simply up to learned discipline and consistent practice. If they're not into music playing then how about some art supplies. Parents need to guide the purpose as well it's not always up to the mercy of a schools budget but just some simple old fashion parenting and focus. When I was growing up my father made me practice one hour every afternoon and this was long before I was in any school band. I’ll admit it I hated it, until, I learned to appreciate and the rest is history. Even if children don’t go on to become musicians or artists their educational experience as data has consistently shown will be so much richer. Now what parent wouldn’t want that for their child.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
I think arts in schools is EXTREMELY important but a cabinet just doesn't seem realistic. We have to make sure we have enough teachers and books before we worry about paint and musical instruments.The grammy's sucked this year. So boring.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
I think arts in schools is EXTREMELY important but a cabinet just doesn't seem realistic. We have to make sure we have enough teachers and books before we worry about paint and musical instruments. The grammy's sucked this year. So boring.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 7 years
I think the secretary of education will have to deal with keeping arts in schools.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
wait a minute Mich. I think we need a secretary of wine and I nominate me. And seconds?
Michelann Michelann 7 years
The arts are a luxury. Why on earth would we need a cabinet position devoted to a luxury? The size and scope of our government is ridiculous enough as it is.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
One problem: Quite a few students have to choose between the arts and athletics. There just isn't enough time to do both. In my jr. high, we could be involved in both. Once you hit 9th grade, part of creating your schedule was choosing one or the other or neither. Quite a few people gave up something they love to specialize in one area. I had to give up band, but others gave up on a sport to specialize in an instrument.
clarabelle98 clarabelle98 7 years
I think the arts are very important, but in light of the current economic situation this country is in, we need to table that discussion for the time being!
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Good instrument! :) I wish I could play the piano better. It seems anymore that it just sits in my living room, taking up much needed space.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
Good instrument! :) I wish I could play the piano better. It seems anymore that it just sits in my living room, taking up much needed space.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
I don't know many that ever could...I certainly couldn't. So I gave up and turned to the piano - my instrument of choice since age 12.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
At one time, I played almost every instrument for our band, with the exception of the flute. I could never get that d@mn thing to make any usable noise.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LMAO UnDave. I played clarinet too and base clarinet and tenor & baritone sax.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
LMAO UnDave. I played clarinet too and base clarinet and tenor & baritone sax.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
*cultural evolution
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
*cultural evolution
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I know what you mean. IMO classical music is most enjoyed live. Concerts in the park are increasingly popular but man you can't beet the sound of a good music hall. I think it was just culural evolution with the growth of more pop styles and even new styles coming from those classical music some how became elite. I think it's making a slow come back though.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 7 years
I know what you mean. IMO classical music is most enjoyed live. Concerts in the park are increasingly popular but man you can't beet the sound of a good music hall. I think it was just culural evolution with the growth of more pop styles and even new styles coming from those classical music some how became elite. I think it's making a slow come back though.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
I played my clarinet in church as part of a duet. It was almost comical, because I tend to really get into the music, and move around a lot, and the person I played with was like a statue. Fortunately, we were up in the balcony, and not many people could see us.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 7 years
You know, I think they'd get a lot more people out to experience classical music if they weren't so formal about it. Way back centuries ago, they would have music out in the park, just as they do sometimes today. Why can't they make classical music more informal? Who wrote the rules on that?
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